World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Tropical Cyclone Committee Meeting for the South West Pacific and South East Indian Ocean

Overview:

23-28 July 2018 – Mr Maccarios Auvae (Scientific Officer) had represented MNRE to the WMO Tropical Cyclone Meeting held in New Caledonia. He stated that Samoa is very vulnerable to the impacts of tropical cyclone hazards as we all witness for the past few years from Tropical cyclone Gita recently and Tropical cyclone Evans in 2012. The meeting he attended is held every two years essentially to (1) evaluate the warning activities that took place in the previous 2 cyclone seasons and (2) to review the regional tropical cyclone operational plan. It is really important for Samoa Meteorology office to continue to improve tropical cyclone warnings to minimize disaster impacts and well informed our people in advance for any Tropical cyclone expected to move across our island. Tropical cyclone early warning is a major element of disaster risk reduction. It can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic and material impacts of hazardous events including disasters.

Objective/Focus

1) Review warning activities that took place in the previous 2 Cyclone seasons (2016-2017 & 2017-2018 TC Season.

2)  Review the regional tropical cyclone operational plan.

Expected Outcome

It is really important for Samoa Meteorology office to continue improving tropical cyclone warning services to provide effective and timely warning to our community for better preparation and to avoid major disaster impacts.

To revise the criteria of naming a Tropical cyclone not only to wait for the TC criteria to meet but also consider if it’s going to maintain it strength for the next 6-12hrs or more like the forecast for the now-cast even if the Tropical cyclone is in the Tropical depression stage/developing stage.

Way Forward

Operational capacities and competencies within National Met Services to be able to competently provide impact based tropical cyclone warnings.

Samoa Meteorology division to consider revise Tropical Cyclone warnings procedures even if the Tropical cyclone is not name for a longer time frame widow.

Enhance Communication & collaboration with  disaster risk managers, private sector including the general public for more awareness program especially Tropical cyclone warnings products, impacts and preparedness.

Regional and National level communication strategy plan must be in place.